The chief executive officer of Orcd Ghana calls for peaceful elections in Ghana. He made this statement when addressing Bimoba Youth association in Techiman, Bono East Region. He said most Ghanaians believe that the country is a peaceful but that was a fallacy. We must work for and towards the peace we need. The violence at Ayawaso West Wagon, the failure of the main opposition and the government to resolve the issues of the violence during local level, Parliamentary and Presidential elections amicably, the regrettable dismissal of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Commission of Enquiry report in its white paper, the failure of state agencies like the Ghana Police Service to bring the perpetrators of the violence to book, are enough to remind Ghanaians of the need to drum home the peace we are all praying for.The need for peaceful elections is more important than the elections itself. For if there is no peace before, during and after the elections, both the victor and the vanquished will have no reason to celebrate and lessons to learn, respectively.
To ensure peaceful elections, the effort of all stakeholders, especially the major players like the Electoral Commission, the political parties and the government must instill trust, confidence, commitment and most importantly, patriotism in citizens. Current situations in the country, however, show meaningless verbal assurances of peace, with no commitment to same.
The unfortunate posture of the two major political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) with regard to vigilante groups and the quest to disband them are worrying. The daily commentary by political activists and party surrogates, inflaming tensions is a powdered keg waiting to blast. The lack of trust in the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies to deal with politically motivated issues without fear or favour is something we should all worry about
Anyone can become angry, that is easy. However, to be angry at the right person, to the right degree, at the right time for the right purpose and in the right way is not easy. This is the reason why in our quest to win elections, introspection is necessary to determine our true selves. Most people in Ghana are not interested in politics to serve, but interested in the benefit that it gives.
If our motivation for politics is wealth and riches, then of course, we will be ready to do anything to achieve our objective. The motivation of a true leader is to help improve upon lives.
Political parties who lose elections must realize that failure is a detour, not a dead end. State institutions should implement to the letter, rules and regulations that help better govern the country.